Residents band together to support Sheriff Hobby - WALB.com, South Georgia News, Weather, Sports

Residents band together to support Sheriff Hobby

(Source: WALB) (Source: WALB)
Kayla Newell (Source: WALB) Kayla Newell (Source: WALB)
Glacey Davis, Worth County High School student (Source: WALB) Glacey Davis, Worth County High School student (Source: WALB)
Kayla Mercer, Worth County High School student (Source: WALB) Kayla Mercer, Worth County High School student (Source: WALB)
Homer Davis (Source: WALB) Homer Davis (Source: WALB)
WORTH CO., GA (WALB) -

Dozens of Worth County residents voiced their support for Sheriff Jeff Hobby on Monday evening. 

Organizers gathered as a direct response to the Sylvester-Worth NAACP petition to remove him, after a controversial drug search. 

The room was packed with supporters who claimed Sheriff Hobby's drug search was being blown out of proportion.

Some also said they believe he was doing his job, searching for drugs and nothing else.

One-by-one in solidarity, supporters each stood up explaining why they back Sheriff Jeff Hobby.

"It's our children at risk for the next time something happens because he's not allowed to go into that school and do his job," explained Kayla Newell.

Newell was one of many parents who applaud Sheriff Hobby's controversial drug search at Worth County High School.

"The severity of it was thank you," said Newell.

Deputies patted down two of her kids during the search in April, and both children told her they did not believe it was intrusive. 

Families of nine Worth County High School students filed a lawsuit claiming the search violated the students' Fourth and Fourteenth Amendment rights.

The suit also claimed the search was "intrusive and performed in an aggressive manner."

"I was one of those, I didn't have a problem with it," said rising Worth County High School senior Glacey Davis.

Davis explained she was uncomfortable with the search, but believes the lawsuit and petition were unnecessary. 

"I knew what they were searching for and I've seen first hand that drugs need to be taken out of the high school," remarked Davis. 

"All he's trying to do is keep us safe," said Worth County High School student, Kayla Mercer, echoed by students and parents in the room who said they believe Sheriff Hobby is honest and loves his community.

"I don't understand why people is putting him down for it," remarked Glacey Davis' father, Homer Davis. 

These supporters pledged to support him 100 percent.

"I hope the people in the public will join in and jump on the bandwagon to save our sheriff and our children," said Newell. 

The citizens supporting Sheriff Hobby tell us they plan to be vocal in hopes of clearing his name. 

They plan to have another meeting in the coming weeks. 

However, their movement cannot legally stop Sylvester-Worth NAACP chapter's petition for his removal or the pending federal lawsuit.

Copyright 2017 WALB. All rights reserved. 

Report an error Submit a tip to WALB News 10

  • More WALB News10 HeadlinesMore News HeadlinesMore>>

  • Southwest Georgia natives shine light on mental health through a new film

    Southwest Georgia natives shine light on mental health through a new film

    Saturday, August 18 2018 11:44 PM EDT2018-08-19 03:44:46 GMT

    Two Southwest Georgia natives, turned filmmakers, are shinning a light on mental health through a new film.  Lashonda Jones from Camilla and John Brown from Donalsonville premiered the movie "Nocturnal" this weekend in Mitchell County.  

    More >>

    Two Southwest Georgia natives, turned filmmakers, are shinning a light on mental health through a new film.  Lashonda Jones from Camilla and John Brown from Donalsonville premiered the movie "Nocturnal" this weekend in Mitchell County.  

    More >>
  • Flint River Habitat for Humanity holds fundraiser to build more homes

    Flint River Habitat for Humanity holds fundraiser to build more homes

    Saturday, August 18 2018 11:38 PM EDT2018-08-19 03:38:50 GMT
    The Flint River Habitat for Humanity held their annual Hammer Jam this weekend. (Source: WALB).The Flint River Habitat for Humanity held their annual Hammer Jam this weekend. (Source: WALB).
    The Flint River Habitat for Humanity held their annual Hammer Jam this weekend. (Source: WALB).The Flint River Habitat for Humanity held their annual Hammer Jam this weekend. (Source: WALB).

    Community members in Albany were able to enjoy a night of music and entertainment all for the "Flint River Habitat for Humanities" annual 'Hammer Jam' event.  Organizers said nearly 700 people attend every year to help people in the community.  

    More >>

    Community members in Albany were able to enjoy a night of music and entertainment all for the "Flint River Habitat for Humanities" annual 'Hammer Jam' event.  Organizers said nearly 700 people attend every year to help people in the community.  

    More >>
  • Family and friends celebrate one year anniversary of double murder homicide

    Family and friends celebrate one year anniversary of double murder homicide

    Saturday, August 18 2018 11:32 PM EDT2018-08-19 03:32:40 GMT
    Family and friends of Francis Nelson and Mamie Childs celebrate the one year anniversary of the victim's death. (Source: WALB)Family and friends of Francis Nelson and Mamie Childs celebrate the one year anniversary of the victim's death. (Source: WALB)
    Family and friends of Francis Nelson and Mamie Childs celebrate the one year anniversary of the victim's death. (Source: WALB)Family and friends of Francis Nelson and Mamie Childs celebrate the one year anniversary of the victim's death. (Source: WALB)

    It's been one year since Francis Nelson and Mamie Childs were victims in a double murder homicide in Albany, which stemmed from a domestic violence. 

    More >>

    It's been one year since Francis Nelson and Mamie Childs were victims in a double murder homicide in Albany, which stemmed from a domestic violence. 

    More >>
Powered by Frankly